Rock of Dalmatia

Revisiting photo archives is exercise filled with surprises, of all kinds. On one of my many return trips to the Balkans, I visited Split and, new to a DSLR, took a huge amount of photographs. Now, almost 10 years later, time to discover some of those happy accidents, lend them new interpretation and some additional processing to emphasize the message.

Split, on Dalmatian coast, is a city of rich and complicated history, centuries of conquest, trading and colourful tradition. At the core of it is ancient roman palace, whose walls have become basis for the port and layers of architecture that defined the city over its long history. Sveti Duje (Saint Dominus) is the city’s patron saint – Saint Dominus is a municipal holiday, one of the milestones of the annual calendar in Split. Cathedral dedicated to Saint Dominus is the centerpiece of the downtown, it’s tower centering, dominating, the skyline.

In this photo, taken in early Fall 2007, one sees the layers of history, roman columns solid medieval church walls and a more modern tower – giving us architecture of the past against bright blue Dalmatian skies with it’s gentle breeze ushering the future. And with all turbulence future usually brings in the region, citizens of Split can always orient themselves to the tower of Saint Dominus, a beacon that will always bring them home to Split.

Technical Information

  • Camera: Olympus Evolt E-410
  • Lens: Olumpus Zuiko Digital 14-42mm/3.5-5.6
  • Focal Length: 14mm
  • Filters: not used
  • Exposure
    • Shutter: 1/50s
    • Aperture: f/16
    • ISO: 400
  • JPEG Conversion: Olympus E-410 Firmware
  • Processing: Adobe Lightroom CC

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